Toronto Police Hunt for Hackers Who Hit Ashley Madison Site

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2015-08-25 Print this article Print
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"When reporting these events to the police, Avid Life advised that the suspects had, in fact, already made good on the threat by releasing the information of two Ashley Madison clients—one in Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) and the other in Brockton, Mass.—on July 19 through the Internet," Acting Toronto Police Service Staff Superintendent Bryce Evans said.

Toronto Police are now encouraging anyone with information about the Ashley Madison hackers to contact them at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and a message to CRIMES (274637), or leave A Tip on Facebook, or contact the Ashley Madison Task Force at (416) 808-2040.

The Ashley Madison hackers have alleged that AVM was somehow negligent and didn't properly secure the information of its members. While Evans did not directly address that allegation, he said that the Toronto Police did not find any criminal wrongdoing on the part of AVM.

While the Toronto Police Service is not laying any blame at the feet of AVM, others are. Multiple class-action suits have been filed against AVM in Canada as well as in the United States alleging that the Ashley Madison site operators did not properly secure data. The question of whether or not AVM properly secured data is also interesting in the light of the U.S. court decision affirming that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the authority to sue companies that do not properly secure user data.

Regardless of whether AVM was somehow negligent, global law-enforcement professionals will now coordinate with Toronto Police to bring the Ashley Madison hackers to justice.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.



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